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First Grade Group 1

Depending on the studentsí needs, it may be necessary to begin instruction in phonemic awareness with basic activities in word awareness, syllable awareness, and/or rhyme awareness. Your goal is to move Bridget, Yolanda and Pierre as quickly as possible to activities that involve identifying and working with individual phonemes in words, like blending and segmenting activities.

You should follow the sequence of instruction for letter-sound knowledge in your core reading program. Your goal is to increase your studentsí knowledge of letter sounds quickly. You can teach them the letter names they don't know at the same time you teach the sounds. As soon as they have a firm understanding of a few consonants and vowels, you can begin working on blending and segmenting activities that use written letters to represent the sounds in words. This way Bridget, Yolanda, and Pierre can begin to learn to decode simple words.

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